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The law of rugby according to Nigel Owens

Welsh referee Nigel Owens tells it like it is when blowing a match.

Welsh international rugby union referee Nigel Owens at the 2015 RWC. Picture: Rugbyworldcup.com

JOHANNESBURG - It's been called the quote of the 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament: "Dive like that again and come back here in two weeks and play. Not again. Watch it."

This is what Welsh referee Nigel Owens told Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg upon reviewing a dive the player took when Tendai Mtawarira slightly brushed him in an attempted charge down of the backline player's perfectly timed kick.

Owen's snarky warning was a reference to Newcastle United's upcoming English Premier League match against Norwich City at the same Newcastle stadium, implying that Hogg should play up his acting efforts during the 'beautiful game' rather than on the rugby field.

WATCH: Owens verbally tackles Hogg

Owen has a reputation for being quick witted on the field and letting players know exactly who's in control of the game.

One of these moments includes the time he called all 30 players on the field in a game between Irish province Leinster and Welsh side Scarlets about a scuffle that had taken place.

"What happened here or what happened afterwards I did not see it. It ends there, is that clear? You are adults, you will be treated like adults as long as you act like it."

When refereeing a match between Italian side Treviso's and Munster, he put a fair warning to the Italian side's halfback with the following words,

"I don't think we have met before, but I am the referee on this field, not you. Stick to your job and I will do mine. If I hear you shouting for anything again, I'm going to be penalising you. This is not soccer."

WATCH: Some of Owen's best chirps

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